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Intro To Windsor Chairs | Travis Curtis

Jan 10, 2022 - Jan 14, 2022 | 9:00 - 5:00 $1,385.00
windsor chair class

Meet Your Instructor

Travis Curtis
Travis E. Curtis is a Nashville native who enjoys making Windsor chairs in both traditional and modern styles. His grandfather, Edward L. Curtis, worked in the finishing department of Gibson Guitar Co. and his grandmother, Charlesie Marie Curtis, was a master carver for Davis Cabinet Co. Both grandparents instilled a love for woodworking, knowledge, and pride in craftsmanship in Travis from an early age. A lifelong amateur turned professional in 2012. He designs and builds Windsor chairs and furniture in his Whites Creek, TN workshop.
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Fan Back Windsor Chair

Travis Curtis

Learn the Craft of Windsor Chair Making

Learn to build a classic side chair that incorporates all aspects of Windsor chair building.  The class focuses on hand tool skills and green woodworking techniques.

“It is not clear when the first Windsor Chairs were made. The first Windsors were of the comb-back variety.[1] By the 18th-century steam-bending was being used to produce the characteristic “bow” of the Windsor chair.[2] The first chairs made this way were shipped to London from the market town of WindsorBerkshire in 1724.[2] There is speculation that the chair derives its name from the town of Windsor, which became the centre for the trade between the producers and the London dealers.

This five-day class course will take you, step-by-step, through the process of handcrafting a Fan Back chair. It will cover every aspect of making this style of chair, beginning with lumber selection, chairmaking tools, hand shaping parts, working with compound angles, all the way through final assembly.  Concentration will be on the making of a strong chair joint.

You will build this chair will be primarily with hand tools. (all turned parts will be provided.)


  • Use hand tools: drawknife, spokeshave, reamer, adz, scorp and scraper
  • Steam-bending
  • Layout and drill compound angles
  • Use of tapered mortise and tenon joints
  • Use moisture content and grain orientation to make a long-lasting joint
  • Assembly using hide glue

Tools & Materials Needed

Tools Needed. TOOL LIST

Materials Provided


Tuition: $1085

Studio & Materials Fee: $300

One time registration fee of $45


Jan 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am
Jan 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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